Art and Books

 

Lot 8.1: Moorland Matters, Ian Coghill

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Opening bid:
£25
Increment:£1
Start date:23 Apr 2021 05:00:00 BST
End date:07 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

Presented by Quiller Publishing:

Moorland Matters by Ian Coghill.

The Battle for the Uplands against Authoritarian Conservation.

With Britain’s islands holding more than three-quarters of the Earth’s stock of heather moorland, it is an extraordinary fact that it stands as one of the world’s rarest habitats.

A landscape beloved by millions, it’s renowned for the tranquility and solace it provides – however, this tranquility is an illusion.

Britain’s moorlands have, in less than a decade, moved from a position of benign consensus to the epicentre of the bitterest conflict within UK conservation.

This insightful book sets out to examine and expose the hidden issues surrounding UK moorland conservation, giving a voice to the many people who work and live there and who feel that what they have to say is often ignored, if it’s even heard at all.

The fate of our uplands are in our hands, and it is important that an alternative narrative, from the perspective of the practitioners who have cared for these places for generations, are considered.

IAN COGHILL is a life-long conservationist and a keen participant in country sports. Following retirement of a 42 year career as Director of Community Safety and Environmental Services for Birmingham City Council, he became Chairman of the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust.

The book will be dispatched upon its publication, anticipated in May.

Lot 8.2: An animal head portrait in oil by artist Flora Blackett

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Opening bid:
£600
Increment:£25
Start date:23 Apr 2021 05:00:00 BST
End date:07 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

Presented by Flora Blackett:

Website: www.florablackett.com

An oil portrait of an animal of your choosing by aclaimed artist Flora Blackett.

"Born in 1978 in South west Scotland, Flora Blackett trained for 4 years at the prestigious Charles H Cecil studio in Florence, Italy.

As well as portraits, she is a renowned wildlife artist. Dividing her time between her studios in London and her native Dumfriessire she works on both commissions and her own inspired paintings and drawings. With trips throughout the UK, Europe, America and Africa, Flora continuously searches for exciting new subjects. She captures at first hand, the animals in their surroundings and strives to depict both the immediacy and serenity in every scene.
Flora has had many highly acclaimed exhibitions thoughout the UK and America.

In 2014 Flora combined her love of art and interiors to launch Flora Blackett designs.

Her work now hangs in collections throughout the world and is now listed in the national archives."

50% of the Sale value will go to the Heather Trust. Please note that, due to her popularity, there is likely to be a waiting period before the commission will be completed.

Lot 8.3: A signed copy of Native: Life in a Vanishing Landscape by Patrick Laurie

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Opening bid:
£15
Increment:£1
Start date:23 Apr 2021 05:00:00 BST
End date:07 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

Presented by Patrick Laurie:

"Shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize for Nature Writing 2020.

Desperate to connect with his native Galloway, Patrick Laurie plunges into work on his family farm in the hills of southwest Scotland. Investing in the oldest and most traditional breeds of Galloway cattle, the Riggit Galloway, he begins to discover how cows once shaped people, places and nature in this remote and half-hidden place. This traditional breed requires different methods of care from modern farming on an industrial, totally unnatural scale.

As the cattle begin to dictate the pattern of his life, Patrick stumbles upon the passing of an ancient rural heritage. Always one of the most isolated and insular parts of the country, as the twentieth century progressed, the people of Galloway deserted the land and the moors have been transformed into commercial forest in the last thirty years. The people and the cattle have gone, and this withdrawal has shattered many centuries of tradition and custom. Much has been lost, and the new forests have driven the catastrophic decline of the much-loved curlew, a bird which features strongly in Galloway's consciousness. The links between people, cattle and wild birds become a central theme as Patrick begins to face the reality of life in a vanishing landscape."

A signed copy will be posted directly to the winning bidder.

Lot 8.4: 5 Volumes of the RS Surtees Society‘s facsimile editions of the Surtees books published between 1982 and 1984

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Opening bid:
£75
Increment:£5
Start date:23 Apr 2021 05:00:00 BST
End date:07 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

Presented by Roger Burton:

5 Volumes of the RS Surtees Society‘s  facsimile editions of the Surtees books published between 1982 and 1984:


Mr Sponge’s Sporting Tour
Mr Romford’s Hounds
Handles Cross or Mr Jorrock’s Hunt
Mr Jorrock’s Jaunts and Jollities
Ask Mama

 

To be collected by arrangement in Perthshire or Dumfries.

Lot 8.5: Arthur Rackham: a Life with Illustration by James Hamilton

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Opening bid:
£12
Increment:£1
Start date:23 Apr 2021 05:00:00 BST
End date:07 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

Presented by Matilda Hall:

Arthur Rackham: a Life with Illustration by James Hamilton, Pavilion Books Limited, 1990.  like new but with fast fading inscription including signature of author. Soft Back

“James Hamilton has produced a biography bursting with pictorial treasures; one can pick up the book to wallow in the illustrations and soon realise one has read the life story as well.” Oxford times.

Lot 8.6: Design and Plan in the Country House, From Castle Donjons to Palladian Boxes by Andor Gomme and Alison Maguire

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Opening bid:
£50
Increment:£5
Start date:23 Apr 2021 05:00:00 BST
End date:07 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

Presented by Matilda Hall:

Design and Plan in the Country House, From Castle Donjons to Palladian Boxes by Andor Gomme and Alison Maguire, Yale University Press, for the Paul Mellon Centre. Inscribed by author. Comprehensively illustrated with plans, drawings and text.  Cover got slightly damp. Hardback.

Lot 8.7: Modern Masters from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection

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Opening bid:
£20
Increment:£1
Start date:23 Apr 2021 05:00:00 BST
End date:07 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

Presented by Matilda Hall:

Modern Masters from the Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection. Royal Academy of Arts, London 1984.   Foreward by Hugh Casson, personal view by Anthony Burgess, brief introduction by Simon de Pury, Curator of the Collection. Handsome full-page illustrations. Details of artists and pictures. Soft back.

Lot 8.8: Modigliani, by Douglas Hall

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Opening bid:
£40
Increment:£1
Start date:23 Apr 2021 05:00:00 BST
End date:07 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

Presented by Matilda Hall:

Modigliani, by Douglas Hall, Phaidon, first published 1979, this edition revised and enlarged 1984. Excellent illustrations and first class text. Hardback.

Lot 8.9: Tapestry, by Barty Phillips

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Opening bid:
£40
Increment:£1
Start date:23 Apr 2021 05:00:00 BST
End date:07 May 2021 12:00:00 BST

Presented by Matilda Hall:

Tapestry, by Barty Phillips, Phaidon, 1994.  Pencil inscription in the front, can easily be rubbed out. Has got a bit wet, but undamaged.  Beautifully illustrated and presented, includes details of contemporary work. Hardback.

 
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